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Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)

Environmental Defense Center v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

A district court denied an offshore drilling platform operator's motion to reconsider the court's previous ruling that barred the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) from issuing offshore drilling permits until it conducted further...

Environmental Defense Center v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment relating to a proposal to permit hydraulic fracturing operations off the coast of California. The groups argued that the Bureau of...

In re Border Infrastructure Environmental Litigation

A district court upheld the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS') decision to waive the legal requirements of NEPA, ESA, and CZMA for two border wall construction projects in San Diego, California. DHS made its waiver...

A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?

Fragmentation poses a major challenge to effective water management in the United States. The CZMA provides a potential model for national legislation promoting more-integrated water management by the states. The federal government has...

A Comment on "A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?"

Fragmentation, calcified in the media-specific nature of federal and state statutes, in the silo-by-silo regulatory approach of environmental and natural resource agencies, and in the arbitrary jurisdictional fiefs that begin in the...

The Balancing Act: A Comment on "A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?"

In A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?, Prof. Barton Thompson addresses the significant challenge of substantive and geographic fragmentation in water management. He...

Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Third Circuit held that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complied with NEPA, the CWA, and the CZMA in its decision to deepen the main channel of the Delaware River by five feet. The Corps' 2009 EA was neither arbitrary nor capricious...

Water, Climate Change, and the Law: Integrated Eastern States Water Management Founded on a New Cooperative Federalism

More robust planning and management is needed to confront new patterns of water use and increasingly extreme and less predictable climate-induced variations in water availability. Issues such as water allocation law, gaps in the array...

Consistency Conflicts and Federalism Choice: Marine Spatial Planning Beyond the States' Territorial Seas

Offshore areas are under pressure to industrialize for renewable energy. To plan for offshore wind development, Rhode Island engaged in a marine spatial planning process that resulted in the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (O-SAMP),...

The BP Macondo Well Exploration Plan: Wither the Coastal Zone Management Act?

The Deepwater Horizon spill of April 20, 2010, serves as an acute reminder of the potentially devastating consequences of coastal activities. During the 1950s and 1960s, the nation earnestly began to explore how to protect our marine...